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Rick Ross assassination attempt might have links to Gangster Disciples
Jan-30-2013 292 0


There is no shortage of suspects in Monday's assassination attempt on well-known rap star Rick Ross. And they all lead back to Chicago.

Ross survived a shooting ambush in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Monday morning.

The worst kept secret in the rap world has been a dispute between Ross and the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples. Ross was apparently targeted by gang leaders after he used some of their signs, symbols and logos without paying them the required fees.

Over the past few months, gang members have posted video death threats against the rapper on YouTube. Monday, a hit squad opened fire on Ross in South Florida.

There was a spray of gunfire just before daybreak on the silver Rolls Royce being driven by rapper Rick Ross, stage name for William L. Roberts.

"Nine or 10 shots, rapid fire," said a witness. "AK-47 or pretty large rifle, it was definitely a rifle."

Fort Lauderdale police tell the I-Team that they cannot confirm nor dismiss whether the allege threats to the rap star are legitimate but that detectives are examining the forensic evidence.

Despite all the bullets, rapper Ross, celebrating his 37th birthday Monday, was not hurt and neither was his girlfriend in the car, which crashed into an apartment.

Videos claiming to have been posted by Gangster Disciple members in cities across the U.S. all say that the rapper needs to pay the gang or he will be killed.

Authorities in South Florida say the motive for the attack is unclear.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has been chosen to deliver the commencement address at his old stomping grounds, Howard University.

The HBCU in the Nation’s Capital announced Tuesday that Diddy will also be among five people to receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. The Bad Boy founder, a student at the school in the late 1980s, will receive an honorary doctorate in the humanities.

University President Wayne Frederick says Combs’ entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.

The university also will honor CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, transplant surgeon Clive Callender, jazz legend Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2014/04/diddy-to-deliver-commencement-speech-at-howard-university/#mPE4CdbdEY1OcU9h.99

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Entertainer Flavor Flav pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and was sentenced to probation and more counseling in a Las Vegas domestic violence case involving the teenage son of his longtime girlfriend.

The 55-year-old rapper and reality TV personality, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., acknowledged in court that he wielded a kitchen knife during an Oct. 17, 2012, argument at home in Las Vegas.

The teen testified during a preliminary hearing a year ago that Drayton threatened to kill him, chased him to a bedroom and stabbed the knife through the door during the argument.

The family has since reconciled and has been undergoing counseling, defense attorney Kristina Wildeveld told Senior Clark County District Court Judge Kathy Hardcastle on Monday. In court, Drayton called the victim his stepson.

"I love my son and my son loves me, too," he told the judge.

The teen, now 18, and his mother were not in court when Drayton entered his plea to misdemeanor charges of attempted battery that could have caused substantial injury and battery constituting domestic violence.

Drayton had been facing felony assault and child endangerment with a weapon charges that could have gotten him up to 12 years in prison.

Outside court, the entertainer pulled his trademark clock neckwear from beneath a red T-shirt, as he and his defense attorneys said they don't expect the Las Vegas conviction to affect a pending felony speeding and driving without a license case in Mineola, N.Y.

"I'm standing here in front of the camera," Drayton said, "not behind bars."

The New York charges stem from Drayton's Jan. 9 arrest while driving to his mother's funeral on Long Island.

Wildeveld said Drayton was paying fines to resolve that case.

If Drayton violates terms of the agreement in the domestic violence case, he could face up to a year in county jail, the judge said.

Flavor Flav has been performing on tour since his induction last year with the rap group Public Enemy into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Hardcastle set an Aug. 18 court appearance to close the case if Drayton completes counseling.

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Federal court records show that rapper 50 Cent has been ordered to pay a Bradenton earphone manufacturer more than $16 million in connection with a failed partnership to produce the entertainer’s line of headphones.

The Bradenton Herald reports that 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, was ordered to pay Sleek Audio nearly $4.5 million in attorney fees and $11.7 million in damages.

The U.S. District Court in Miami affirmed the award in late March after a three-year legal battle.

Records allege that Jackson, a Sleek partner, stole the designs of over-the-ear headphones he asked the company to conceptualize and manufacture. Jackson has been selling headphones of a similar design under the 50-Over line with another manufacturer.

The Queens-native rapper intends to release his fifth studio album, “Animal Ambition,” on June 3. He said he would like to work with Justin Timberlake on the new record.


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The Liberty City rapper known as Trick Daddy was arrested Thursday and charged with a long list of felonies including possession of a loaded gun and cocaine.

Trick Daddy’s real name is Maurice Young. The 39-year-old singer is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess guns.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office report states Young was under surveillance by the Broward County Drug Task Force Thursday morning. Detectives said they saw him in the driveway of his Miramar home inside a green two-door coupe backing away from the residence. Detectives were at the location with a pending sniff warrant, the report stated.

The report goes on to say a detective made contact with Young and asked him to get out of his vehicle. The complaint affidavit revealed Young admitted to having used powder cocaine inside his home just before detectives arrived and possibly marijuana, but said he did not have a grow house.

The report also stated a search warrant was executed later in the afternoon and detectives found a gram of powder cocaine in a nightstand and a 9mm gun and a box of ammunition.

Young was arrested and the report listed the charges as two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license.

Court records show Trick Daddy is out of jail on $6,100 bond.

This isn’t the first time Trick Daddy has been in trouble.

In 1991, he was convicted of cocaine possession, carrying concealed firearm and violating probation for which he served two-and-a-half years in prison.

He was also arrested on assault charges in 2003. In that incident, he allegedly threatened to kill a man over a street basketball game and was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm (a felony), and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Trick Daddy is best known for his single I’m a Thug.

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The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star and TV producer Todd Tucker were hitched on April 4 in a quaint ceremony in the Georgia capital.

"This is one of the best days of my life," she told In Touch exclusively. "I never imagined that I would marry my best friend. Todd's been that to me."

The pair was engaged in January 2013 after meeting in 2011 on the set of the Bravo reality series.

While this is the first marriage for both, Burruss was previously engaged to Ashley Jewell, who appeared on "Real Housewives."

Better known as A.J., Burruss' late fiancé met with his untimely death in 2009 from an injury he sustained during a brawl in the parking lot of an Atlanta strip club.

"It appears he was involved in an altercation in the parking lot and he received a severe blow to the head," Atlanta Police Lt. Keith Meadows said at the time.

"I'm just in one of those moods where I don't wanna talk, I don't wanna be held & told its gonna be ok," Burruss tweeted after A.J.'s tragic death. "I just wanna cry myself 2 sleep, alone."

By 2011 when she met Tucker, the 37-year-old singer/songwriter, who has one daughter, Riley, 11, from a previous relationship, was no longer alone.

Today, she has a lot to celebrate.

"To have just had the wedding of my dreams, it's all been so beautiful," she added to In Touch. "Now it's time to party!"


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Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz has been charged with felony drug possession in connection with the seizure of codeine from his luggage at a Los Angeles airport last year, authorities said Thursday.

Codeine, a narcotic, is an ingredient in the euphoria-inducing opiate cocktail known as sizzurp.

The Georgia-based performer, who once titled a mixtape “Codeine Cowboy,” was busted at LAX and formally charged last week. He is set to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles, prosecutors said Thursday.

It was last June when TSA agents called police after finding marijuana and a bottle containing codeine and promethazine, which is an antihistamine, in the luggage of the “I’m Different” rapper.

Sizzurp, which mixes prescription-strength cough medicine with fruit soda, also goes by the names “lean” and “purple drank.”

If convicted of felony codeine possession, 2 Chainz, real name Tauheed Epps, could face up to three years in prison.

He was not charged with marijuana possession.

“(Prosecutors) only charged what the evidence could support,” a law enforcement source said Thursday.

Epps, 36, was convicted of felony cocaine possession as a teen and was arrested and cited for marijuana possession in Maryland in February 2013.

The rapper got in trouble again in August when Oklahoma City police found weapons and drugs on his tour bus following a traffic stop.

He was charged in that incident with obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor, after he refused to get off the locked bus at the request of an officer who had picked up on the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Authorities had to tow the bus from the scene with the rapper and his entourage still onboard and then obtain a search warrant.


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Fresh off her Academy Award win, "12 Years a Slave" actress Lupita Nyong'o has been named the newest ambassador of luxury beauty brand Lancôme.

The Mexican-born Kenyan actress — already a darling in fashion circles for her flawless yet daring sartorial choices — said in a statement Friday that she is "truly honored" to join the French fashion brand, adding she was "particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated."

Nyong'o said that beauty "should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself."

The Oscar winner joins a distinguished list of Lancôme brand ambassadors, which includes other A-listers like Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts.

The natural beauty, who graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Yale's prestigious School of Drama, is no stranger to the glitz of Hollywood, but said in an interview with WWD that she has no intention of letting Tinseltown change her.

"Hollywood is really just made up of a whole bunch of people making movies everywhere," the star said.

"In my version, the Hollywood that I live in, is very much peopled by people I've known from before."


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Chris Brown's trip to face trial in Washington will be on the Justice Department's "Con Air" prisoner airline, not on a private jet or a first class commercial ticket as the singer hoped.

Brown, 24, was transferred into the custody of federal marshals after an extradition hearing in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to U.S. Marshals Service spokewoman Laura Vega.

Brown will be booked on a series of government planes that hopscotch across the country taking inmates from prison to prison, Vega said. The trip, with several layovers in jails along the way, could take up to two weeks, she said.

Unlike Brown's usual mode of touring the country in luxury, he will be wearing handcuffs and possibly chains on his legs.

Brown has been confined to the Los Angeles County jail since he was booted from a court-ordered rehab program three weeks ago.

The U.S. Attorney in Washington petitioned for Brown to be extradited from Los Angeles to D.C. for his April 17 trial.

Brown and his bodyguard are accused of assaulting a man on a D.C. sidewalk last October.

The singer is on probation for the 2009 felony assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown lawyer Mark Geragos said Brown would attend a pretrial hearing in Washington on April 7.

Geragos tried to persuade Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin to release Brown from jail so he could fly on his own to Washington. Prosecutors opposed that request and suggested the decision should be made by a federal judge.

Brown's legal troubles began five years ago when he beat Rihanna as the two were in a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street. He pleaded guilty to felony assault in June 2009, which resulted in a sentence of five years of probation and 1,400 hours of community labor.

The judge has revoked Brown's probation twice in the last year, most recently because of his arrest on a sidewalk near the White House after allegedly punching a man.

Brown voluntarily entered a rehab program a day after being released from a Washington jail in October, but he was kicked out a few days later for "throwing a rock through his mother's car window" after a family session at the center, a probation report said. Brown was upset because his mother said she wanted him to stay in treatment, the report said.

"Mr. Brown preceded to walk outside and pick up a rock and threw it through his mother's car window and it shattered," according to a letter from the rehab center included in the probation report.

His probation was revoked last November, but the judge allowed him to stay out of jail by entering a 90-day anger management and drug rehab program. Although he completed that program last month, the judge ordered him to remain a resident at the Malibu treatment facility until another hearing on April 23.

Brown's probation officer reported at a February hearing that the singer "continues to make great improvement" in dealing with anger, stress and drugs, but the judge decided he could not go free until after his trial for an assault charge in Washington on April 17. If he is convicted in that case, the judge would decide at an April 23 hearing if Brown should complete his probation in jail.

He was sent to jail on on March 14 after he was kicked out of the second rehab program for rules violations.

The judge said he was concerned about a "provocative" statement counselors said Brown wrote on a card at the Malibu rehab center. "I am good at using guns and knives," according to a document read in court.

The rehab program told Brown to leave because of that statement and two other rules violations, the document said. Brown refused a drug test -- which his lawyer denied -- and he touched elbows with a female patient, according to the document.

Brown had been working on a highway cleanup labor crew in Los Angeles three days a week to fulfill the 750 hours of service remaining in his probation requirements, his probation report said. At that rate, Brown could complete the labor in mid-October and possibly be free from probation requirements by the end of the year. With his community labor work now on hold, his probation is expected to extend into 2015.

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Lee Moran Apr-01-2014 113 0
The "Godfather of House" has died.

Legendary DJ and music producer Frankie Knuckles passed away Monday, aged 59.

The official cause of death is currently unknown, but some reports suggest it was from complications related to Type II Diabetes.

Tributes have flooded in from fellow DJs across the world.

Reports suggest that the 59-year-old died as a result of complications from Type II Diabetes.

"A legend has fallen. All hail Frankie Knuckles an inspiration to us all," wrote award-winning spinner Vince Lawrence on his Facebook page.

"I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can't write any more than this at the moment. I'm sorry," wrote David Morales on Twitter.

And Questlove Jenkins added: "jesus man. Frankie Knuckles was so under-appreciated. he was the dj that dj's aspired to be. true dance pioneer."

Knuckles' final album, 'A New Reality,' was released in 2004.

Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles first played disco in New York alongside Larry Levan - before moving to Chicago in the 1970s.

It was there he started spinning at The Warehouse - the club credited with giving birth to the house music genre - before opening up his own venue The Power Plant in 1983.

A prolific producer, he formed Def Mix Productions with Morales - and worked with stars including Diana Ross, Chaka Khan and Michael Jackson.

The DJ is credited with popularizing house music in Chicago during the 1980s.

His break as an independent artist came in 1991 when Virgin released his debut album "Beyond the Mix" - containing seminal singles "The Whistle Song," "Rainfalls" and "Workout."

The City of Chicago renamed a stretch of Jefferson Street, near the site of the original Warehouse club, as "Frankie Knuckles Way" in 2004

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